Network Edge

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Network Edge is an open source x86-based infrastructure platform that allows users to select, configure, and activate virtual network devices and services in near real time.

Network Edge users can perform the following:

  • Select an appropriate network service and vendor to match your immediate or long term needs (such as a Cisco router or a Juniper firewall).

  • Choose the right licensing structure that works for your organization (either bring your own license or the Equinix subscription service).

  • Configure the device with basic settings in the portal or via API.

  • Deploy the device in the desired Equinix location around the globe.

  • Create connections to other devices, other Equinix services (such as ECX FabricECX Fabric is an advanced interconnection solution that improves performance by providing a direct, private network connection) or access the device directly to implement additional configurations just as you would any other network equipment.

Features

Network Edge includes:

  • Infrastructure resources that have already been tested with and optimized for your specific device and vendor.

  • A pre-configured virtual port into the ECX Fabric to connect with service providers and other members of the platform around the globe.

  • A small amount of dedicated internet access to connect to your devices from anywhere.

  • A small block of publicly routable IP Addresses.

The platform also has a Network Edge device that includes:

Once a device is activated, use it as the A-end for any connections, just like a physical port. 

Vendors and Device Types 

Network Edge includes access to a marketplace of available device types and vendors. The options vary depending on time and your location.

Choices include traditional routers, firewalls, SDWAN appliances, and many others. Navigate through the platform to configure and purchase service components. To get started, click Create Connection within the portal at any time.